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Complainant Name:
A member of the Solway Aqua Club

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The People


A member of the Solway Sub Aqua Club in Whitehaven, Cumbria complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had inaccurately claimed that the Solway Sub Aqua Club had secretly placed the urn of Derrick Bird in a local shipwreck; the complainant said no such trip had been sanctioned by the club. It did not believe that it had occurred at all, but if it had, it had not been done using the club's equipment.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter, in the newspaper and online:

Further to your article reporting that members of the Solway Sub Aqua Club have secretly placed the urn of Derrick Bird in the shipwreck of the Fire King, the club would like to make clear it did not sanction any trip of this kind, and in fact it does not accept that the trip took place.

If it did, it was done by people ­operating outside of the club. We have no sympathy with Derrick Bird.

Solway Sub Aqua Club

Whitehaven, Cumbria

Date Published: 01/12/2010

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